Justin Rex, Ph.D.

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Justin Rex, Ph.D.

Position: Assistant Professor
Public Policy and Administration
Phone: 419-372-2107
Email: jmrex@bgsu.edu
Address: 109 Williams Hall

AFFILIATIONS

  • Member, Law and Society Association
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Biography

Justin Rex is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University. He teaches courses in the Master of Public Administration Program as well as undergraduate courses in Public Administration and Public Policy. He is also a Researcher Fellow at the BGSU Center for Regional Development. 

He received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from Wayne State University. He received a B.A. in Political Science, a B.A. in Sociology, and a minor in Economics from Bowling Green State University. Previously, he worked as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Shawnee State University, a Senior Lecturer in the Irvin D. Reid Honors College at Wayne Sate University, and as a researcher in the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University.

His research and teaching interests are in Public Policy and Administration, American Government, and Law. His current research examines federal regulatory policy, specifically the role of agency capture at the federal banking regulators before the 2008 financial crisis as well as the regulation of white collar financial crime. His law-focused research examines Supreme Court first amendment cases as well as regulation in the areas of food, consumer transactions, and advertising. He has also published articles on the US Presidency about the president’s ability to control the public policy agenda and the implications of this control for the balance of power between the president and Congress. 

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Regulatory Policy
  • Financial Regulation
  • The Presidency
  • Law
  • Program Evaluation

Education

  • Ph.D in Political Science, Wayne State University (2013)
  • M.A. in Political Science, Wayne State University (2010)
  • B.A. in Political Science, Bowling Green State University (2008)
  • B.A. in Sociology, Bowling Green State University (2008)

Selected Publications

Rex, Justin. (Forthcoming) “Criminal Prosecutions and the 2008 Financial Crisis in the US and Iceland: What Can A Small Town Icelandic Police Chief Teach the US About Prosecuting Wall Street?” Concordia Law Review.

Browne, M. Neil, Nancy Kubasek, Chelsea Browne, Justin Rex, and Facundo Bouzat. 2018. “Attacking Obesity: The Paternalistic Approach of France Versus the Conservative Approach of the United States.” Whittier Law Review 39(1).

Browne, M. Neil, Nancy Kubasek, Justin Rex, and Robert Horton. 2018. “Commercializing Children: Laws and Regulations Affecting Advertisements Directed At Children In France, Spain and Sweden.” Indiana International and Comparative Law Review 20(2): 163-196.

Browne, M. Neil, Facundo Bouzat, Justin Rex. 2018. "Once I Recognize the Need to Ask, Encourage, and Nurture Classroom Questions: How Do I Spring into Action?" College Teaching.


Rex, Justin. 2018. “Anatomy of Agency Capture: An Organizational Typology for Diagnosing and Remedying Capture.” Regulation & Governance.

Rex, Justin. 2018 "Scoundrel or Scapegoat? Reassessing the Office of Thrift Supervision’s Performance Before the 2008 Financial Crisis.” Administration & Society 50(10), 1396-1421 [originally published online Nov. 30, 2015).

Sarbaugh-Thompson, Marjorie, Lyke Thompson, and Justin Rex. 2017. “Executive-Legislative Relationships: Modeling Monitoring and Cooperation in Michigan Government,” in Implementing Term Limits: The Case of the Michigan Legislature. University of Michigan Press. 

Browne, M. Neil, Facundo Bouzat, Justin Rex, and Joseph Seipel. 2016. “The Unfortunate Role of Farm Subsidies as a Stimulus for Inequality and Obesity.” Asia Pacific Journal of Health Law, Policy and Ethics 10 (1), 87-110.


Rex, Justin. (2014). “Wartime Deliberation: The Perils of Presidential Rhetoric Before War.” White House Studies, 12 (4), 321-341.
 
Browne, M. Neil, Justin Rex, and David L. Herrera. (2012). “The Potential Tension Between a 'Free Marketplace of Ideas' and the Fundamental Purpose of Free Speech.” The Akron Journal of Constitutional Law and Policy, vol 3, 55-82.
 
Rex, Justin. (2011). “The President's War Agenda: A Rhetorical View.” Presidential Studies Quarterly, 41 (1), 93-118.
 
Rex, Justin and David J. Jackson. (2009). “Window of Opportunity? Internet Gambling in Canada.” Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, 35 (1), 121-37.
 
Browne, M. Neil, Curtis Bunner, and Justin Rex. (2008). “Concealment of Information in Consumer Transactions in the U.S., Sweden, and China: A Window to the Relationship between Individualism and Regulation.” Loyola Consumer Law Review, 20 (3), 270.
 
Rex, Justin and David J. Jackson. (2007). “The Options for Internet Gambling in Canada.” ACSUS Occasional Papers On Public Policy Series, 1 (3), 1-7.
      -Reprinted in 2008 in the American Review of Canadian Studies, 38 (2), 221-231.

Conference Presentations

Rex, Justin, Russell W. Mills, & Michael Caniglia. “Regulatory Governance, Inter- jurisdictional Competition, and Innovation in Local Governments: The Case of Air Service Development in the United States.” Accepted to be presented at the International Meeting on Law and Society, May 30- June 2, 2019 in Washington D.C.

Rex, Justin. “Restorative Justice, White Collar Crime, and the 2008 Financial Crisis.” Accepted to be presented at the International Meeting on Law and Society, June 7-10, 2018.

Rex, Justin. “Effective Rules and Enforcement: Bank Regulation and the 2008 Financial Crisis.” Accepted to be presented at the Symposium on Behavioral Approaches to Bureaucratic Red Tape and Administrative Burden, The George Washington University on May 24, 2018.

Rex, Justin. “Criminal Prosecutions and the 2008 Financial Crisis: The Contrasting Cases of the US and Iceland.” Presented at the International Meeting on Law and Society, June 20-23, 2017.

Rex, Justin. “Diagnosis Capture: A Typology for Defining and Pinpointing Agency Capture.” Presented at the MPSA National Conference, April 7-10, 2016
 
Rex, Justin. “Rethinking the Sources of Agency Power: The Costs and Benefits of Agency Discretion.” Presented at the MPSA National Conference, April 16-19, 2015.
 
Sarbaugh-Thompson, Marjorie and Justin Rex. “Budget Battles: Executive vs. Legislative Control When Revenue is Scarce.” Presented at the State Politics and Policy Conference, May 15-17, 2014.
 
Rex, Justin. "Scoundrel or Scapegoat? Reassessing the Office of Thrift Supervision’s Performance Before the 2008 Financial Crisis.” Presented at the Midwest Public Affairs Conference, March 27-29, 2014.
 
Rex, Justin. “Discretion is the Lifeblood of Capture: Regulatory Capture at the Office of Thrift Supervision and the 2008 Financial Crisis.” Presented at the MPSA National Conference, April 11-14, 2013.
 
Rex, Justin and Spencer Headworth.  "The Perverse Consequences of Financial Deregulation and Street Crime Overregulation." Presented at the MPSA National Conference, March 31-April 3, 2011.
 
Rex, Justin. "Wartime Deliberation: The Perils of Presidential Rhetoric Before War." Presented at the MPSA National Conference, April 22-25, 2010.
 
Rex, Justin and Patrick Emery. "All Consuming: The Character(s) of Capitalism in the Works of Don DeLillo." Presented at the MPSA National Conference, April 22-25, 2010.
 
Rex, Justin. "The President's War Agenda: A Rhetorical View." Presented at the MPSA National Conference, April 2-5, 2009.
 
Browne, M. Neil and Justin Rex. "The Supreme Court and the Marketplace of Ideas: Paradigm of Perfect Competition." Presented at the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts & Letters Conference, March 20, 2009.
 
Browne, M. Neil, Curtis Bunner, and Justin Rex. “Concealment and the Regulation of Advertising in China and the U.S.” Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference August 11-14, 2007.


Courses Taught

Spring 2019

  • POLS 4310/5310 Politics, Policy, and Poverty

Fall 2018

  • HNRS 2010 Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • POLS 3030 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior

Spring 2018

  • POLS 6900 Public Administration Capstone

Fall 2017

  • POLS 3030 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior.

Spring 2017

  • POLS 3030 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 6350 Urban and Rural Social Problems

Fall 2016

  • POLS 3030 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 6210 Public Administration Theory and Behavior